Good Grazing Makes for Healthy Pastures, People, and Planet

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

In her new book, The Art of Science and Grazing, nationally known grazing consultant Sarah Flack identifies the key principles and practices necessary for farmers to design, and manage, successful grazing systems. This book is an essential guide for ruminant farmers who want to crate grazing systems that meet the needs of their livestock, pasture […]

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How ‘more food per field’ could help save our wild spaces

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

Agricultural expansion is a leading cause of wild species loss and greenhouse gas emissions. However, as farming practices and technologies continue to be refined, more food can be produced per unit of land – meaning less area is needed for agriculture and more land can be ‘spared’ for natural habitats. While this may sound […]

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Landowners Encouraged To Convert Old Farmland To Wetlands

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

State officials want landowners to convert old farmland to wetlands. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for its Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. The government helps landowners install levees and plant native grasses and trees. It’s part of the national Farm Bill and is designed to restore and protect wetlands across the […]

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Building a sustainable future: A history of conservation agriculture in southern Africa

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by

by Christian Thierfelder, Johnson Siamachira / June 23, 2016 This story is one of a series of features written during CIMMYT’s 50th anniversary year to highlight significant advancements in maize and wheat research between 1966 and 2016. HARARE, Zimbabwe (CIMMYT) — When practiced unsustainably, agriculture has led to environmental degradation and famine, which have […]

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How Carbon Farming Could Reverse Climate Change

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 by

As the climate crisis heats up, agriculture is in the hot seat, not only as a contributor to climate change, but also as a potential solution. Eric Toensmeier has spent the last several years tracking both. A lecturer at Yale University, a senior fellow with Project Drawdown, and the author of several books […]

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Saving the World from Catastrophic Climate Change

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 by

This article was written for Regeneration International, a project of the Organic Consumers Association, by Courtney White to explain how the latest soil science supports France’s 4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate. One of the most significant events at the recent UN climate summit in Paris went largely unnoticed. We […]

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Carbon farming: What is it, and how can it help the climate?

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 by

An ear of corn, swaying gently before a stand of apple trees. A cow chewing slowly on clover. They’re probably not what you think of when you imagine solutions to climate change. But perhaps their time has come. Salamander Springs farm in Berea, Ky., uses carbon-farming techniques to improve soil health and capture carbon. (Credit: […]

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Biochar: Helps Increase Crop Yields And Mitigates Climate Change

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 by

Whenever we hear the word biochar, most of us are thinking that this is not a climate-friendly method since it undergoes combustion process and can aggravate greenhouse effect. Though this is a thousand years old industrial technology technique for soil enhancer, some are still confused if it’s the real deal. Is it, in fact, a […]

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Bio-Char Solutions

Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 by

By Katerina Seligman Here’s how it works in a nutshell: Charcoal has been used as a soil amendment for thousands of years. The rich black soils of the Amazonians supported huge populations on what otherwise would have been very poor soil.  This very old practice is being revived and used on a fairly large scale […]

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Mark Shepard on Restoration Agriculture

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 by

One of the world’s foremost authorities on restoration agriculture, Mark Shepard is happy that its popularity is growing but worries that its systemic nature is being misunderstood or “much degraded.” Restoration agriculture calls for the re-imagination of agriculture in which perennial systems replace annual plantings and harvests that expire in one season and leave nothing […]

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